A new Oklahoma law raises the question of where any state gets the right to force a human being to undergo a medical procedure:
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Senate passed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, requiring that women seeking an abortion have a viewable ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus prior to the procedure.
The new Oklahoma law requires a woman to have an ultrasound — with the monitor in her view, although she can avert her eyes — and listen to a detailed description of the fetus, including information on any visible limbs or vital organs, at least one hour before having an abortion.
Fourteen other states do require the provision of an ultrasound prior to abortion, but Oklahoma goes further by requiring both the description of the fetus and that the ultrasound monitor be in sight. Oklahoma’s more restrictive law passed despite objections from Gov. Brad Henry (D), who had previously vetoed the bill.
To me, this isn’t even an abortion issue, even though the motivations of this law are clearly to influence a woman who has decided to have an abortion to change her mind. What this is really about is really quite simple — the state should not have any right to force anyone to undergo a medical procedure of any kind against their will.
Hopefully, the Courts will strike this down quickly.